Dry and Thirsty

O taste and see that the Lord is good . . . (Psalm 34:8).

From my 2010 journal. I had company here for a couple weeks, and my alone time with the Lord suffered as a result. Each day my spirit felt thirstier and thirstier. Strangely, I felt like I was sitting on the edge of a paved parking lot facing the road with no cars in sight.

I asked the Lord what He wanted me to do, and He said, “Go back inside the store.”

marketAnd when I turned around, I saw that it was one of those exotic Asian stores where everything smells pungent, but you have no clue how to cook with any of the ingredients. Jesus is with me, and I’m glad, but something else needs to be done.

Ahhh, at the far side of the store are endless supplies of samples to taste. Some things are tasty to me. Some things are tastier to others. It’s all good food, but I don’t have to like it all. I can eat my full and then it’s okay if I’m back in the parking lot for a while. I’m close to the food supply! My soul and spirit feel refreshed.

What do you do to refresh your soul?

One thought on “Dry and Thirsty

  1. What do I do to refresh my soul? Interesting question, and something I’ve considered a lot. I cook (Indian, Ethiopian, Thai, just about anything with spices in it); I read a book, walk along the ocean (just a block from my house). I gaze at the amazing Pacific Rain Forest just outside my windows, watch the hummingbirds. Mostly, I write. Even on those days that the writing is hard, or even a massive chore, it feeds me. I choose joy, and stillness, which refresh me for the times of busyness and turmoil. It’s about finding balance in a world that often feels topsy-turvy.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It gives me courage in the hard times, and always, always makes me smile.


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